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TV Tonight: our highlights for Wednesday, Jan. 26

TV tonight - Jay Blades discovers the joy of books.
Jay Blades discovers the joy of books. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, The Repair Shop host goes on a very personal and inspiring journey in Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51 on BBC1, Jay also overseas a very special restoration in The Repair Shop on BBC1 and finally there's more cute canines in Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs on ITV. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.

  • Our hand selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include three TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • Keep up to date with the latest soap spoiler storylines on TV tonight with our daily soap synopsis 
  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide

What's on TV tonight

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight... 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51, 9pm, BBC1

TV tonight Jay Blades stars.

 Jay Blades opens up about his reading struggles.  (Image credit: BBC)

There are around eight million adults in the UK who struggle to read, and The Repair Shop presenter Jay Blades is one of them. In this candid film, Jay reveals how he left school with no qualifications, was diagnosed with dyslexia in his 30s, and has spent his entire life avoiding the written word. He meets other adults like him, shares his coping strategies, and talks openly about the struggles he’s faced. Now committed to learning, we follow his progress as he embarks on reading lessons. An inspiring watch. 

★★★★★ TL

The Repair Shop, 8pm, BBC1

TV tonight Can Sonnaz (above, right) help restore Kate and Christine’s designer chair?

Can Sonnaz (above, right)  help restore Kate and Christine’s designer chair? (Image credit: BBC)

When people bring their precious artefacts to the barn to be restored, one sentence you’ll hear over and over is, ‘I’m so grateful.’ It’s great TV, but what’s even better is when the restorers are also grateful to be involved in the projects. That’s the case tonight when upholsterer Sonnaz Nooranvary is delighted to get to work on a design classic – an original Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, brought in by mother and daughter Christine and Kate. And Steve Fletcher is bowled over by a clever Victorian machine that generates static electricity, owned by the great-great-grandson of the inventor. ‘I’ve enjoyed this so much,’ says Steve. ‘This has been amazing.’ The workshop of dreams never stops giving! 

★★★★ JP

Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs, 8pm, ITV

TV tonight Paul and prolific chewer mastiff cross Shirley

Paul and prolific chewer mastiff cross Shirley. (Image credit: ITV)

Paul helps a trio of dogs that need extra care and attention before finding their forever homes. While four-year-old Shar-Pei cross Kola needs an operation to help with a painful eye condition, destructive doggie Shirley, a one-year-old mastiff cross, needs to learn that furniture is not for snacking on. From table legs to plant pots, nothing is safe from the teeth of this chewing machine. Finally, bichon frise Cyril is struggling with separation anxiety and when he gets stressed, well, let’s just say, he lets everything go! 

★★★ JL

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Ozark, season 4, Netflix

TV tonight Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star.

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star. (Image credit: Netflix)

At the end of the third season of Netflix’s acclaimed money-laundering drama, we left Marty and Wendy Byrde (Jason Bateman and Laura Linney) in a very tight spot as drug cartel boss Omar Navarro (Felix Solis) informed them they would be working much more closely together from now on. Now, in the thrilling final season - split into two parts of seven episodes each, with the final seven to be released later this year - the big question is: can the Byrdes engineer their way out of their life of crime? Or is karma about to catch up with them in a big way? 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

The Godfather, 10pm, Sky Cinema Greats

TV tonight Al Pacino stars.

Al Pacino stars. (Image credit: Sky)

To mark 50 years since Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece first hit cinema screens, making a star of Al Pacino, here’s a chance to catch the epic trilogy (Part II is tomorrow at 10pm, Part III is on Friday at 10.35pm). Winner of three Oscars, the tale of the Corleones set the standard for the gangster-movie genre by showing the human struggle behind the bullets.

Live Sport

  • T20 Cricket, West Indies v England, 7.30pm, BT Sport 1

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51 on TV tonight – an inspiring watch.

Not found anything you want to watch on TV tonight? Check out our TV Guide

Happy viewing!

Joanne Lowles
Joanne Lowles

Joanne Lowles has been writing about TV since 2002. After graduating from Cardiff University with a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism, she worked for All About Soap magazine covering the ups and downs of life on the cobbles, the square and the Dales. 


Next came nearly 10 years at TV Times magazine as a writer and then deputy features editor. Here she spent many happy days interviewing the biggest names in entertainment and visiting the sets of some of our most popular shows including Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Strictly Come Dancing


With a love of nature and wildlife she’s also interviewed the leading experts in this area including David Attenborough, Chris Packham and Steve Backshall. She’s also travelled the world visiting Mongolia, Canada and South Africa to see how the best in the business make the most brilliant natural history documentaries. 


Freelance since 2013, she is now is a digital writer and editor for What to Watch, previews the best on the box for TV Times mag each week and loves being constantly surprised, entertained and informed by the amazing TV that she is lucky enough to watch.